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Jack Davenport: My family values
By SP_COP on October 04, 2013 | From www.theguardian.com
Jack Davenport: My family values My early childhood was idyllic. We shuttled between a rather ramshackle electricity- and mains water-free farmhouse in Ibiza and this place in Suffolk where my parents [actors Nigel Davenport and Maria Aitken] were trying to live the Good Life, God love them. I was a confident, outgoing little boy. If you're an only child, you're living in a very linguistically adult world and you've got to keep up. So I did. Maybe I was slightly annoying.

I was never lonely. There were always lots of other actors and kids around. In Ibiza there was Terry-Thomas, John Hurt and Denholm Elliott, among others. Actors are brilliant to hang out with because their job is to play. I wanted to be in their group that's why I decided to become an actor.

My parents divorced when I was seven. Because divorce is messy, for good or ill they sent me to boarding school. I went back about 10 years ago to open a Christmas fete and I'd never seen a squadron of eight year olds I was like, fuck, they're tiny! My heart slightly broke for myself because I realised I was really young. In defence of my parents, it was an expedient decision and if you're going to send your child away, send him to the Dragon school in Oxford.

I thrived at boarding school and if I lived anywhere near Oxford, I'd send my son [Harry, aged three] there if I could afford it. But God, no, not to board. It's crazily expensive now and you don't want your kid hanging out with a load of rich kids.

Becoming a parent myself [he's married to the actor Michelle Gomez] has been an enormous shift. I don't know who I'm quoting who said wisely, "The day before your child is born, everything is like it was, and the day after they're born, your heart is wandering around in the world outside your body and it's terrifying." But it's true, and it's also wonderful. That's a big, big change....
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